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Our bodies hold so much. They are archives of everything we’ve experienced, and often, they carry the marks of the experiences of our ancestors as well. Trauma, habits, emotional states, social expectations, belief systems, exercise regimens, clothing choices, food choices, the weather -- so many things have very real impacts on our physical form. How we move through the world has a direct relationship with our history of being in the world. And improving how we move through the world has the potential of improving all of those factors in turn.

This is the power of massage. The myriad factors that can create physical discomfort and stiffness can be addressed through the application of targeted, intelligent, compassionate touch. While massage isn’t a miracle cure that reverses the impacts of aging and disease, it can be a significant balm for the aches and pains of existence.

My training at the Soma Institute had a decidedly clinical focus, and combined with my systematic and comprehensive approach, sessions with me are less about general relaxation and more about addressing specific symptoms as accurately as possible. I’ve found that deep, lasting change in our connective tissues and muscles comes with gentle and intelligent persistence, not force. Change in the body occurs over time and is a collaborative effort -- along with massage, I’ll likely share bits of information about your body and what other activities could support a more easeful existence.

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BENEFITS OF MASSAGE

Physical

  • Increased range of motion / mobility / nimbleness
  • Decreased pain
  • Decreased stiffness
  • Improved circulation
  • Better sleep
  • Improved physical energy
  • Improved digestion
  • Decreased inflammation
  • Supported immune system

Mental

  • Decreased stress
  • Improved focus
  • Greater mental energy
  • Assists with anxiety and depression

My clinically-oriented training included addressing a wide range of physical ailments, such as:

  • Postural deviations

  • Scoliosis

  • Piriformis syndrome (false sciatica)

  • Upper crossed syndrome

  • Lower crossed syndrome

  • IT band contracture

  • Plantar fasciitis

  • Strains & sprains

  • Rotator cuff damage

  • Shin splints

  • Whiplash

  • Frozen shoulder

  • Carpal tunnel

  • Thoracic outlet syndrome (TOS)

  • Hyperkyphosis

  • Hyperlordosis

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Tension headaches

  • Migraines

  • Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis)

  • Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis)

  • Tendonitis

  • Herniated discs (slipped disc)

  • Lower back pain (lumbago)

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Offerings

30 minutes: $50
60 minutes: $90
90 minutes: $130
120 minutes: $170

Please note that full-body sessions have a minimum of 90 minutes.
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CLINICAL MASSAGE

A targeted session on a particular area aimed at relieving current symptoms and addressing deeper causes of physical discomfort. For example, if you’re experiencing high levels of discomfort in the space between your shoulder blades, we would address both the area between your shoulder blades and the structures across the front of your shoulders that often contribute to upper back pain. Clinical massage techniques may include myofascial (connective tissue) work, joint mobility techniques, & superficial and deep tissue work.
 

SPORTS MASSAGE

Sports massage is generally made up of stretches, compression, and joint mobility techniques that allow for a greater range of motion, improved circulation, and accelerated recovery from physical activity. And fortunately, sports massage isn’t exclusively for athletes! Clients seeking sports massage should come in summer workout wear, such as body-con shorts and a sports bra, since sports massage often includes quite a bit of movement but does not require full undressing.
 

A NOTE ON TRAUMA-SENSITIVE PRACTICE

My entry into embodiment practice, healing practices, and bodywork more broadly starts with trauma -- my own and that of people I love. Bessel van der Kolk’s amazing book The Body Keeps the Score is a cornerstone in my education and desire to provide healing support, and the wisdom contained in that book directly informs how I understand suffering and recovery.

As such, my professional practice takes as a given the necessity of trauma sensitivity. As described by Molly Boeder-Harris of The Breathe Network, sensitivity to trauma involves “understanding that a survivor may have specific needs that the practitioner should be attentive to, needs that are unlike another client with no overt trauma history.” Trauma sensitivity also means recognizing the prevalence of trauma of all kinds: most of us carry the marks of trauma in some way, whether that trauma is from our own experiences or inherited via epigenetics.

In practice, this means that I pay attention. I pay attention to how clients communicate their needs; I pay attention to my clients’ preferences when it comes to touch; I pay attention to both the overt and subtle cues a client provides. The emotional and physical safety of my clients is absolutely non-negotiable, and I will do everything I can to create a secure space for healing to happen.

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